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Barbara Riddell - Low Cost Counsellor

Epsom, Surrey, KT19
07906 576167 07906 576167

About me

Has lockdown affected you?  You might have lost your job or been affected directly by the Corona virus, losing someone dear to you.  Or the months of lockdown and how it's affected your daily structure may have left you feeling anxious, depressed, sleeping poorly or drinking too much.  Help is at hand!  I offer low-cost counselling to anyone:

  • who is a front line worker
  • has lost their job due to lockdown
  • is experiencing the loss of a loved one due to Covid-19
  • whose mental health has deteriorated directly because of lockdown.

Why am I doing this? Because I believe passionately that counselling should be available to as many people as possible and NHS waiting lists are very long. I'll need some proof of your status, but please do contact me if you feel I can help you.  (People who are working pay the usual rate).  A quick chat on the phone will cost you nothing, so don't delay - and give me a call today!

I know that thinking about counselling is a big step. It can be daunting to think that you're going to reveal your innermost thoughts to a stranger. I am an experienced counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I will listen to you and try to understand your worries and fears, in a non-judgemental and caring way so that you can live a happier life.

What happens in counselling?: Counselling can help explain why we think and behave in the ways we do – often repeating patterns that don’t help us. A counsellor does not give advice, instead, they help you to untangle your problems so that you can change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

How I work: I trained as an integrative counsellor, which means I can draw on different counselling models to specifically each person with their unique problems.

Where I work:

At the moment, I offer online counselling only using Zoom.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care (specialising in Substance Misuse)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Master's Degree in Cultural Studies
  • First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Cultural Studies
  • I am an experienced Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British
  • Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). Find out more here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/


  • I have counselled people struggling with addictions – alcohol, drugs, online gambling – as well as their partners
  • I have worked as a counsellor with ASCA (Addiction, Support and Care Agency) in Surbiton
  • I have counselled young adults struggling with anxiety.
  • I have worked as an in-house counsellor at an alcohol/drug rehab service in Surrey.
  • I have knowledge and understanding of Twelve Step Fellowship programmes (eg AA)
  • I have experience of working with women who are questioning their sexuality, wondering if they are gay or lesbian, and what that might mean for their lives
  • I have extensive experience of supporting people with mental health issues – eg depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and dissociative disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder).

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Addiction to alcohol/drugs/online gambling

Anger management for men

Therapies offered

  • Integrative

Photos & videos


For anyone who is a front-line worker, or who has been made redundant because of Covid-19, or is otherwise on a low income, I offer low cost counselling on a sliding scale (starting as low as £5 per session) and dependent on your circumstances.  I do this because I believe everyone should have access to counselling, regardless of their circumstances.

For people in employment, I charge £55.00 per session.

Payment is via BACS.

I am an approved practitioner with Vitality Health Insurance

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

How do I book an appointment?
Email me (b.riddell@hotmail.co.uk) or phone/text me on 07906 576167. Don't forget to leave your first name and a phone number, and check your Junk Mail for my email reply.  I know how frustrating it can be when you want help NOW but just get a voicemail message, but I will get back to you within 24 hours.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Day, evening & weekends

I work online using Zoom

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Barbara Riddell - Low Cost Counsellor

Barbara Riddell - Low Cost Counsellor